The Slovenian Film Centre announced the following grants in December 2022.

20th Sofia Meetings is expecting your Works in Progress - films at different stage of post-production and completed films which are looking for a premiere.

The fourth edition of the co-production, training and networking platform for film professionals will take place in April 2023 in the framework of the 21st Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2023 and in partnership with Thessaloniki International Film Festival's Agora

The 13th edition of When East Meets West came to an end after three intense full days of pitching sessions, works in progress, labs, talks, meetings and hugs. During the closing award ceremony, the WEMW Co-Production Forum Jury consisting of Darya Bassel (Moon Man), Pierre Dallois (Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire), Gordan Matic (Film Center Serbia) and Elma Tataragic (Sarajevo IFF) announced the three top winners of this year.

The Trieste Film Festival is one of the largest festivals dedicated to Central and Eastern European cinema. The 34th festival’s edition (21 – 28 January 2023) will screen a total of seven feature-length and four short Slovak films.

Minority co-productions The Visitors (d. Veronika Lišková) and Fragile Memory (d. Igor Ivanko) will compete in the Documentary Competition, while Revelation of John (d. Andrej Kolenčík) and Money and Happiness (d. Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.) will vie for the award in the Short Films section. The Out of Competition section will present Victim (d. Michal Blaško), which had its world premiere last year at the Venice International Film Festival. A special screening awaits the historical feature film Il Boemo (d. Petr Václav). In the section dedicated to children’s audiences, the TSFF of the Little Ones will present the 3D animated film Journey to Yourland (d. Peter Budinský).

In addition to the presentation of the best films made during the year in Central and Eastern Europe, each year there is a retrospective programme, this year dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the independence of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The programme entitled Beyond the Boundaries: The Fringes of Czech and Slovak Cinema was curated to reflect the main trends in the development of Czechoslovak cinema from 1930s to 1960s. Karel Plicka’s ethnographic documentary The Earth Sings (1933) will present the Slovak countryside of the 1930s, while Dušan Trančík's short film Photographing the House Dwellers (1968) will bring together the most beautiful and the most tragic moments in the life of a rural family. The short film Old Shatterhand Came to See Us (1966) gives a sarcastic report on living in an enclosed reservation behind the Iron Curtain, and the documentary Pictures of the Old World (1972) presents vivid portraits of old people from the Slovak regions of Liptov and Orava. Both films were directed by Dušan Hanák.

An investigator from the Yugoslav wars returns to the places where the war crimes were committed.

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre announced the following grants on 15 December 2022.

Organized by Sarajevo Film Festival and Balkan Documentary Center, Docu Rough CutBoutique is a platform dedicated to documentary projects in the advancedphase of the editing process.

The Visegrad Film Forum has announced the names of the first two confirmed guests at the event’s upcoming 10th edition. This year, as in years past, accomplished industry professionals, who have collaborated with such eminent directors as Jim Jarmusch and Roman Polanski, will be coming to Bratislava to share their experience and expertise in informal lectures. The decennial edition of the Visegrad Film Forum will be held on 15–18 March at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava as well as in Bratislava movie theatres.

With the beginning of new year, the dok.incubator workshop is once again looking for ambitious feature-length documentaries in rough cut stage to take part in the eight-month international program focused on editing, marketing and distribution strategy. Submit your application before January 26!